Town toilets search

PORTISHEAD could see more public conveniences installed thanks to a move by the town council.

A working party made up of four councillors, set up to improve toilet facilities, is currently searching for the best site to provide toilets in the marina area.

They will be approaching bars and cafes about the possibility of them opening their facilities to the public in return for a fee to cover cleaning costs. They are also investigating sites suitable for a self-cleaning, stand-alone toilet which could cost 20p a time to use.

Portishead only has two public toilets in operation, one at Wyndham Way and another at the Lake Grounds. Their cleanliness and general condition has long been a bone of contention amongst residents, as has the lack of public loos.

Residents have been calling for more toilets to be installed for some time. In November, Portishead Senior Citizens’ Forum launched a campaign pressing for better facilities and delivered a petition signed by 55 residents calling for the town council to act.

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Clara Greed, from Redcliffe Bay, has been campaigning nationally for it to become a legal requirement for local authorities to provide adequate public loos. She says that despite the rapid growth of Portishead, facilities like public conveniences have been overlooked.

When councillor John Clark was elected chairman of the town council earlier this month he vowed to make improving public convenience facilities a priority. The new working party, consisting of councillors John Clark, Reyna Knight, Maggie Philpot and Barry Walters, will report back to the council on their findings.

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